To suppress his feelings of being a woman, he worked three jobs at once in addition to being politically active.
In 1996 he was elected Burgermeister in his native village of Quellendorf in Saxony-Anhalt, for the Party of Democratic Socialism. After he announced his intention to transition, the villagers voted 2-1 to dismiss him.
In 1999 Michaela had surgery, and also moved to Berlin where she founded a theatre agency. She married a man in 2005. She is an activist in the Linke Partei.
- Michaela Lindner: Ich bin wer ich bin. Ein öffentliches Leben als Mann und als Frau. Frankfurt am Main: Eichborn 2000.
- “Michaela Lindner”. Wikipedia: Die freie Enzyklopädia. de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michaela_Lindner.
While "Quellendorf" can be translated as "native village", it is a real village in Saxony-Anhalt.